- Thank you for reaching out to us at Teen Central! We are so happy that you took the first step. We’re sure this is a very confusing time for you and you feel like there is a lot to say and talk about but can exactly find the words to get it all out. That is ok. We are here to help.
- Depression can quickly take on a “life of it’s own” and overwhelm our ability to cope. Sometimes, this can lead to hopelessness and feeling like a burden to others and we can cut off the people we need the most. If you are ever feeling hopeless, alone, unsafe or like you have no one you can turn to, feel free to reach out to the Suicide Prevention Lifeline. They are available 24 hours a day and you can contact them by calling 1-800-273-8255 or visiting their website at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org. If you feel more comfortable texting the text “Hello” to 741741. All of these are available 24 hours a day 7 days a week every day of the year.
- Despite knowing that depression can cause you to feel like you want to pull away from the people in your life, we still STRONGLY recommend that you push yourself to talk about how you feel and what you’re going through. Chances are likely that someone in your life knows how it feels to be very sad, or even depressed, and you could know that YOU’RE NOT ALONE! Try to think about any people in you life that you may feel comfortable with and can trust. Maybe a coach, older sibling/cousin, aunt/uncle, or even a school teacher or guidance counselor. If you can think of anyone like this consider reaching out to them for help and guidance.
- Information can really help put things in context – check out our LEARN section for information about DEPRESSION and ways to cope when you are feeling really down. Do you participate in any extracurricular activities? Maybe you’ve considered playing on a sports team, singing/playing an instrument in the school chorus or band? Do you belong to any clubs? If not consider these options and others like them. These kinds of connections are even more important right now because it will help you feel better and give you an outlet to express yourself. Physical activity can help improve your mood.
- Do you enjoy writing? Trying picking up a journal and writing these thoughts and feelings down. Journaling is a great release and a great way to express yourself on safe non-judgmental platform. It can be for no one’s eyes but your own, or you may decide to use your journaling as a way to connect with others.
- Next time you visit Teen Central take a look at our “Learn” and “Tools” tabs. Here you can find a lot of information and resources pertaining to Wellness, and many other topics that may be helpful.
- Please visit the “Tools” tab for guides to help with Positive Self-Talk, and creating your own support plan.